February 28, 2011 at 5:38 am (craftiness n' colors)

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross



This project dates back to the end of summer last year. I’m a huge fan of natural light, and am known for always having windows and doors open whenever possible to let the sunshine in. At that time of year the sun shines so hotly through my dining room windows that the poor air conditioner has to work overtime to keep us cool. It isn’t practical to have the shades up. And, to me, it’s unacceptable to have them drawn. So we created our own solution!

Using the same glue-and-tissue paper method as we did to make our pretty autumn and Halloween votives, we did two entire windows! The method is so simple, all the little ones could help (though I’ve only pictured T here), and there was more than enough window to go around! It took a bit of tenacity (and 2 or 3 sessions) to complete this project, but the result was so worth the work! My poor husband is so good – he barely bats a lash anymore when I tell him about the latest scathingly brilliant idea. How silly it must be to come home from work and find your dining room windows have been entirely covered over in tissue paper!

I was a bit worried that it might be a beast to get this stuff off again a month or so later, but it was actually very easy to clean with nothing but warm soapy water, and the windows have since been restored to their previous transparent state.

We did the entire (lower) window surface, because I wanted to block the sun a bit, but this project is also great for seasonal decorating. I’m posting about it now because I’ve been thinking about letting T make rainbows and clovers in this way for St. Pat’s – or maybe some beautiful springtime flowers. . .




  1. deb said,

    no way!!

    I might just do this.

  2. Nikki said,

    That doesn’t get glued to the window?? Why, now that I think about it… why would it?! I love it, its pretty!

  3. Amber said,

    Wow, very cool. And pretty!

  4. Kendall said,

    How pretty!!! I’m so glad it turned out spectacularly! Maybe I’ll have to do this on my sliding glass door…it gets really hot and could use some prettying up! 😀

  5. Sharon said,

    I remember this. It’s so stinking awesome! And you’re so very clever.

  6. Bryna said,

    Is it just elmers glue? And do you think that if you use that ‘press and seal’ cling wrap on the window first it would look equally as nice? I too, am worried about clean-up…

    • Me said,

      Yup! Good ol’ Elmer’s – but watered down. I guess the cling wrap would work – I’ve never gotten that kind before! Is it sticky on both sides? If you follow the link to our autumn votives, it shows more of the step-by-step. We used the exact same technique on our windows – minus the leaves. And honest. Warm soapy water – the tissue paper pretty much dissolves when it gets wet and the glue came right up, too. It was really easy to clean, I promise!

  7. bluntdelivery said,

    these are beautiful! what a great idea!

  8. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said,

    Beautiful!!!! I need to do this! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Jennifer said,

    I really LoVe this idea!! My girls would go bonkers doing a project like this! Hmmmmm….wonder which window we could do…??

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